Research for the Environment

Polate – Potential analysis for the influence of land use systems and their biogeochemical circulations in order to achieve the reduction of greenhouse gas


Agricultural production and land use change is globally responsible for 20-30% of the greenhouse gases emission (GHG). This makes essentially a contribution to the global warming. In this one year lasting BMBF-funded network research project, we review the recent state of knowledge on the relationship between land use management and greenhouse gas emissions. Out of this, we developed research recommendations. By the means of syndromes, we assembled knowledge deficits for the effect of land use change on the GHG-emissions and a sustainable land use forming.

For a clear structuring, the research deficits have been divided into three thematic focuses (core topics): soil and vegetation, land use systems and governance as well as integrative analysis and assessment of the land use. With these topics described in the research recommendation, we can expand the limits of the scientific knowledge and develop technological/methodical innovations. They serve for understanding single processes, process interactions and complex systems which are relevant for the climate protection and are the basis for knowledge-based decisions for land use strategies with multiple targets (GHG-reduction, resource protection, human well-being).


Prof. Ralf Seppelt, Dr. Florian Eppink, Dr. Christoph Fühner


Research recommendations for the complex land use optimisation in the conflict reduction of GHG-emission, resource protection and human well-being


2008-2009, BMBF project FKZ 01LG0801AA


  • Bundesforschungsanstalt für Landwirtschaft, Institut für Ländliche Räume (Dr. Horst Gömann)
  • GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam in der Helmholtz Gemeinschaft, (Dr. Bernd Uwe Schneider)
  • Institut für Energetik und Umwelt GmbH, (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Kaltschmitt)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, (Dr. Annette Freibauer)
  • Technische Universität München, Department für Ökologie und Ökosystemmanagement (Dr. Margit von Lützow)


Press & Media

Recent Publications

Beckmann, M., Bruelheide, H., Erfmeier, A., (2014):
Local performance of six clonal alien species differs between native and invasive regions in Germany and New Zealand
Austral Ecol. 39 (4), 378 - 387

Beckmann, M., Václavík, T., Manceur, A.M., Šprtová, L., von Wehrden, H., Welk, E., Cord, A.F., (2014):
glUV: a global UV-B radiation data set for macroecological studies
Methods Ecol. Evol. 5 (4), 372 - 383

Bonumá, N.B., Rossi, C.G., Arnold, J.G., Reichert, J.M., Minella, J.P., Allen, P.M., Volk, M., (2014):
Simulating landscape sediment transport capacity by using a modified SWAT model
J. Environ. Qual. 43 (1), 55 - 66

Brosinsky, A., Lausch, A., Doktor, D., Salbach, C., Merbach, I., Gwillym-Margianto, S., Pause, M., (2014):
Analysis of spectral vegetation signal characteristics as a function of soil moisture conditions using hyperspectral remote sensing
J. Indian Soc. Remote Sens. 42 (2), 311 - 324

Cerro, I., Antigüedad, I., Srinavasan, R., Sauvage, S., Volk, M., Sanchez-Perez, J.M., (2014):
Simulating land management options to reduce nitrate pollution in an agricultural watershed dominated by an alluvial aquifer
J. Environ. Qual. 43 (1), 67 - 74